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Labor Day closings
The Monitor offices will close Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.
Advertising deadlines will change for the Thursday, Sept. 8 issue of The Monitor. Display ad deadline is at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and classified is noon, Tuesday, Sept. 6.
County offices will be closed: Henderson and Van Zandt Monday, Sept. 5; Kaufman, Friday and Monday, Sept. 2 and 5. City offices that will also close Monday, Sept. 5, are; Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Kemp, Mabank, Seven Points and Tool.
Banks will be closed. Call your bank for information if it is located inside another business.

Cool shelter offered
Due to the current extreme heat condition, First United Methodist Church of Mabank is opening its Family Life Center Gym from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, for those in need of a cool place to spend some time.
When the temperatures sore to 100 and above, come and watch movies or play games in the air conditioned gym.
For information call (903) 887-3691.

Styx Baptist singing
The Styx Baptist Church Fourth Friday Gospel singing is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Everyone is invited. Bring CDs, cassettes, music, instruments, etc. We have CD and cassette player. Refreshments served. Starting Sunday, Aug. 28, times for Sunday School are 10 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. For information call (214) 616-4659.

Talent Box
Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 “A Study of American Humor” will be presented at The Talent Box, located at 244. North Fourth in Wills Point. At 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28 and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, Virginia Reid-Yost will hold auditions for the October production of “Night Watch.” Men and women, ages 20 and up, are needed to fill the cast. Please call (903) 873-8945 and leave a message.

Enchanted Oaks Ladies Club
The Enchanted Oaks Ladies Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Enchanted Oaks Town Hall. Co-presidents of the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation Gayle Robinson and Patty Evans will be the guest speakers. Visitors are welcome.

Hunter’s event
Becker is hosting its fourth annual Hunter’s Extravaganza from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. All proceeds benefit the historic Becker Community Center. For information call Chris Becker at (214) 686-6937.

Willing Heart Trio
Willing Heart Trio will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tolosa Baptist Church on State Hwy. 274.

Indian Harbor POA
Indian Harbor POA is hosting a Mexican meal complete with enchiladas or tacos, beans, rice, a small salad and ice tea from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Proceeds will benefit POA improvement projects. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For directions and information, call (903) 451-3275.

Golf Tournament
First United Methodist Church of Mabank Lord’s Acre Golf Tournament is still taking entries for the Tuesday, Sept. 6 event at the Cedar Creek Country Club. An entry fee includes carts, range balls, lunch buffet and guest fee. Deadline for all submissions is noon Monday, Aug. 29. For information and entry forms, call (903) 887-3691.

Free Tae Kwon Do Classes
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, an adult (13+) Tae Kwon Do class will be offered at 6 p.m. Childcare is provided during this hour with snack. At 7 p.m., a youth (ages 4-12) class will be offered. Pastor Buddy Duke is a master Tae Kwon Do instructor with 22 years experience. Please call (903) 887-5683 before Sept. 7 to register.

MISD Online
Mabank ISD on-line registration for returning students now through Thursday, Sept. 8. Campus computer lab schedules are all campuses, Monday and Wednesday after school until 4 p.m. and Lakeview & high school campuses Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. Parents may log in through Family Access and complete registration steps on MISD webpage www.mabankisd.net

Guthrie-Berry Cemeteries box supper
Guthrie – Berry Cemeteries annual box supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Styx Church of Christ, located at 6215 FM 3396 in Styx. Receipts go for the upkeep of cemeteries. Please join us for auction of box suppers, gifts, cakes and home-baked goodies. Donations will be accepted. Please mail to 33043 CR 2142, Kemp TX 75143.

Flu Shot clinic
A flu shot clinic by Intracare will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, located at 700 North Seven Points Blvd. (one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points on S.H. 274). The clinic is open to the public 18 years or older. Seniors 55 and older are invited to come for snacks, games and fellowship from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. For information call (903) 340-9672.

Free movies move to Mondays
During the school year, beginning Sept. 12, free kids movies (provided by Family Video) will be moved to 10 a.m. Mondays in the Community Room of the Tri-County Library, located at 132 E. Market Street in Mabank. For information call (903) 887-9622.

Square Dance lessons
Square Dance lessons will begin Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. each Monday at the Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club at the Promenade Hall, 1210 North Tool Road (SH 274 in Tool). First and second lessons are free. Adults and teens are welcome. High school teens can work toward a scholarship. For information, call (903) 340-9672 or (214) 543-8641.

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Seven Points mayor indicted
Charges stem from Aug. 17 service of subpoena to city
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Seven Points mayor John Joseph Dobbs, 36, and his close associate, Michael Tayem, 29, were both indicted by a Henderson Grand Jury for Interference with Public Duties. Tayem served as a police lieutenant in the city and had been put on suspension with pay. In addition, Dobbs is indicted with Assault on a Public Servant and Official Oppression.
The charges stem from an Aug. 17 incident in which an investigator from the district attorney’s office was serving a grand jury subpoena to the city of Seven Points, District Attorney Scott McKee told The Monitor Monday.
“I can’t comment on the nature of that investigation by another agency, in which we are assisting, but that investigation is ongoing,” he added.
When asked about the quick turnaround on the incident and the grand jury indictment, McKee said “considering the seriousness of the charge and the evolving situation in Seven Points, we thought it best to get this before the grand jury right away.”
McKee reported the indictments from grand jury sessions held Aug. 12, 18 and 19 in which 81 other True Bills were handed down, including the following:
• James Darrel Westbrook, W/M, 66, from Kemp, indicted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon,
• Toshua Renee Lankford, W/F, 21, from Tool, indicted for Assault of a Public Servant, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Intoxication Assault/ Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon,
• Renee Gaitan Stanfield, W/F, 41, from Malakoff, indicted for Assault on a Public Servant,
• Marvin Dalton Pickle, W/M, 35, from Eustace, indicted for two counts of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact and Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child,
• Taora Nikol Jaeger, W/F, 23, from Gun Barrel, indicted for Injury to a Child,
• Tiffany Diane Walker, W/F, 25, from Gun Barrel, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Forgery,
• William Aaron Merrifield, W/M, 27, from Mabank, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Forgery,
• Billie Roxanne Turnage, W/F, 26, from Kemp, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Forgery,
• Billy Wayne Henderson, W/M, 29, from Gun Barrel, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Forgery,
• Larry Douglas Henderson, Jr., W/M, 31, from Kemp, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more,
• Jay Eugene Woolverton, W/M, 36, from Mabank, indicted for two counts of Forgery of a Financial Instrument and Burglary of a Habitation/Burglary of a Building,
• Travis Shilow Wethington, W/M, 34, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation/Burglary of a Building,
• Jason Huges Little, W/M, 36, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation/Burglary of a Building,
• Jeffrey Keith Huffer, W/M, 40, from Tool, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and for Theft of Firearm,
• Alba Baily White, W/M, 29, from Paris, indicted for Theft of Property $20,000 < $100,000,
• Scott Daniel Larson, W/M, 39, from Lorena, indicted for Theft of Property $20,000 < $100,000
• Ricky Ray Rios, W/M, 34, from Athens, indicted for Aggravated Assault Family Violence with Deadly Weapon, for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility and for Tampering with Physical Evidence,
• Shannon Paul Curtis Ramsey, W/M, 30, from Malakoff, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Steven Duane Roberts, B/M, 39, from Athens, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm/ Deadly Conduct Discharge Firearm,
• Jonathan Wade McRae, W/M, 19, from Athens, indicted for Intoxication Assault with Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury,
• Jessarah Nicole Perez, W/F, 21, from Athens, indicted for Credit/ Debit Card Abuse and for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility,
• Daniel Ray Hayden III, W/M, 23, from Murchison, indicted for Burglary of a Building.
• Earnest Smith, III, W/M, 52, from Rusk, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Jessica Lee Ann Hunt, W/F, 20, from Gun Barrel, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Jeremy Alan French, W/M, 27, from Log Cabin, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Terry Nolan Proctor, Jr., W/M, 21, from Athens, indicted for Burglary of a Building,
• Gregory Stephen Rowe, W/M, 48, from Athens, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more,
• Monica Lane Worthy, W/F, 29, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance,
• Rene Castilleja, W/M, 33, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
Kenneth Wayne Newland, W/M, 49, from Chandler, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more,
• Michael Andrew McFarlin, W/M, 27, from Chandler, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance & Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon,
• Raymond Vega Castenada, W/M, 38, from Athens, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit an Assault/ Kidnapping,
• Pamela Sue Shaffer, W/F, 53, from Gun Barrel, indicted for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Chad Darvin Thomas, W/M, 25, from Beacons Point, indicted for Criminal Mischief $1,500 < $20,000,

Editor’s note: The rest of the indictments handed down by the Henderson County Grand Jury Aug. 12, 18 and 19 will appear in the Sunday issue of The Monitor.

• Jamie Mae Smith, W/F, 35, from Athens, indicted for Burglary of a Building,
• Alexandria Nicole Cochran, W/F, 21, Malakoff, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility,
• Stacy Dawn Guthrie, W/F, 39, from Kemp, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance
Saul Flores, W/M, 19, from Athens, indicted for Criminal Mischief Over $1,500,
• Samuel Devon Donnell, B/M, 31, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance,
• Marcus Dewayne Allen, B/M, 38, from Frankston, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more,
• Tabitha Dee Waters, W/F, 36, from Tyler, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Valonda Posey Billington, W/F, 48, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• David Cory Prescott, W/M, 33, from Chandler, indicted for Sexual Assault of a Child,
• Ashley Lauren Reeves, W/F, 30, from Atwood, OK, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Veda Burleson Stewart, W/F, 53, from Kaufman, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance, authorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Intoxication Assault/ Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon,
• Sherry Brianna Gollrad, W/F, 25, from Kemp, indicted for two counts of Abandonment/Endangering a Child,
• Matthew Ardin Hasty, W/M, 30, from Bullard, indicted for Injury to a Child and for Sexual Assault,
• Lisa Larae Gomez, W/F, 25, from Athens, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
• Arturo Michael Chavez, Jr., W/M, 21, from Seagoville, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• Alecia Ann Kuykendall-Storm, W/F, 24, from Athens, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• Desaray McMillian, W/F, 21, from Seagoville, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• Aliitasi Kealoha Mauala, W/F, 26, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance and for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon,
• Jowan Jude Johnson, B/M, 31, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance & Tamper/Fabricate with Physical Evidence,
• Monica Faye Brown, W/F, 34, from Chandler, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger,
• Tammy Goodrich, W/F, 32, from Athens, indicted for Injury to a Child,
• Jowan Jude Johnson, B/M, 31, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance & Tamper/Fabricate with Physical Evidence,
• Monica Faye Brown, W/F, 34, from Chandler, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger,
• Misty Faye Jackson, W/F, 33, from Grand Prairie, indicted for Injury to a Child,
• Frank Sam Arena, W/M, 27, from Grand Prairie, indicted for Assault on a Public Servant,
• Roy Earl Schattel, W/M, 55, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• David Wayne Donaldson, W/M, 41, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance,
• Eric Deshawn Armstrong, B/M, 30, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance,
• Terry Lynn Arnold, B/M, 20, from Athens, indicted for Theft of Property $20,000 < $100,000-Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• James Michael Kuykendall, B/M, 34, from Athens, indicted for Theft of Property $20,000 < $100,000-Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• Jonathan David McCoy, W/M, 22, from Athens, indicted for Theft of Property $20,000 < $100,000-Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,
• Edmond Shane Cranfill, W/M, 31, from Mabank, indicted for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle,
• James Allan Harrington, W/M, 31, from Mabank, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
• Francisco Javier Estrada, W/M, 22, from Athens, indicted for Assault Family Violence with Prior Convictions.

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Getting ready to walk like MADD
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host the second annual Walk Like MADD (WLM) 5K, a non-competitive fundraising walk in Gun Barrel City on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at Gun Barrel City Park, located at 299 Municipal Drive, and will raise funds and rally support for MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving.
“We aim to eliminate drunk driving and we need support from the community on walk day,” MADD East Texas’ executive director Leslie Watson said.
“Drunk driving impacts every community and, unfortunately, it can touch our lives without any warning,” she added.
In 2010, the Henderson County/Gun Barrel City Walk Like MADD, which was the first Walk Like MADD event held in East Texas, attracted more than 250 walkers and 40 motorcycle riders who raised almost $20,000.
Fundraising fuels MADD’s life-saving mission and campaign to eliminate drunk driving.
Its current goals call for alcohol ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders; highly-visible, highly-publicized law enforcement, community support and the development of advanced vehicle-based technologies.
State Farm Insurance is the national sponsor of the walk.
Locally, Weinstein Law Firm and VOICE, Inc. are presenting sponsors of the walk for the second time, as well as the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson County Attorney’s Office and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“Corporate walk teams are great because they increase employee morale,” 2011 Walk Like MADD co-chairwoman DeAnna Browning said.
“The walk is for the entire family: from grandparents to children, friends and everyone who supports the fight against drunk driving,” she stated.
Everyone in Henderson County and surrounding areas can participate either as a team, as a virtual walker or with an in-kind donation.
To register for the walk, go to www.walklikemadd.org
For more information, contact leslie.watson@madd.org
The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
 

Red Shirt Friday is all about recognition
Special to The Monitor
“We can’t make up for the way returning Vietnam veterans were treated, but we can make sure our young people volunteering for military service are treated now,” Red Shirt Friday promoter Sam Burgess told The Monitor.
The reason for wearing red on Fridays is to gratefully acknowledge our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen, he added.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Active duty personnel Spc. Dale Campbell (center front, wearing fatigues) is honored to have such strong support of his military service during an inaugural Red Shirt Friday celebration held at VFW Post 4376 Aug. 12. Event planner Sam Burgess and wife Deb would like to see everyone in the Cedar Creek Lake area wear red shirts each and every Friday to show their solidarity with those in military service. For touching stories and more on this national movement go to www.redshirtfriday.org or Burgess’ website, whyredshirtfriday.com.

“It has nothing to do with politics. We do not care whether or not one supports or does not support the war.
It’s all about making sure our young fighting men and women know their fellow Americans support them, and are proud of them.
“We are a silent majority that does not wish to remain silent anymore,” one website promoting the practice states.
“We support their sacrifice, and we will not forget them, and we will do this by wearing red every Friday.
“They bleed red, so we wear red,” www.redshirtfriday.org  exhibits.
Burgess is finding support for his cause from local businesses, such as Team Sports Texas in Seven Points. To order one of the shirts VFW members wear on Friday, e-mail deb4215@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

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